W.C. po­lice win bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Thir­teen teams of Ch­ester County first re­spon­ders came to­gether to bat­tle it out in a new BBQ-style com­pe­ti­tion hosted by The Crime Vic­tims’ Cen­ter of Ch­ester County, Inc. re­cently The event drew out over 250 at­ten­dees on Satur­day, Oct. 6 at Lo­cust Lane Brew­ery and Pa. Dis­till­ing Com­pany in Malvern.

Teams show­cased their best BBQ in the cat­e­gories of pulled pork, chicken, ribs, wings, and a spe­cialty item. Win­ners in each cat­e­gory also took home a cus­tom­ized tro­phy and more im­por­tantly, brag­ging rights. ESU BBQ (West Ch­ester Po­lice Depart­ment) took home the top tro­phy for the day as the Grand Cham­pion, and Dou­ble D BBQ (West Goshen Po­lice Depart­ment) came in se­cond place over­all as the Re­serve Grand Cham­pion.

This event was hosted by The Crime Vic­tims’ Cen­ter of Ch­ester County, Inc., and was spear­headed by De­tec­tive Dave Mau­rer, a West Goshen De­tec­tive and long­time sup­porter of the vic­tim ad­vo­cacy agency.

The event gained ex­treme in­ter­est on Face­book in just a few short weeks with more than 35,000 views and more than 1,000 peo­ple in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing. The agency’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Chris­tine Zac­carelli, Esq., also got in on the action by serv­ing as a BBQ Judge on the day of the event.

“Dave came to CVC with the idea for this event in early Au­gust and at first it didn’t seem pos­si­ble that we could pull it off so fast,” said Zac­carelli. “The first re­spon­der com­mu­nity and Lo­cust Lane Brew­ery got be­hind the idea right away, BioOne was a per­fect fit and the First An­nual CVC BBQ 911 was hap­pen­ing! We are so ap­pre­cia­tive for all the work Dave put into the event and can’t wait for next year.”

At­ten­dees of the event paid just $10 to sam­ple food from all the com­pet­ing teams, en­joyed live mu­sic by Kevin Wind­stein, a dis­play of lo­cal fire trucks and equip­ment, and par­tic­i­pated in raf­fles for a chance to win BBQ-themed prizes. Lo­cust Lane Brew­ery and the new Penn­syl­va­nia Dis­till­ing Com­pany di­rectly next door opened up their doors to guests to en­joy beer and spir­its through­out the af­ter­noon. Both es­tab­lish­ments of­fered pro­mo­tions through­out the event that do­nated pro­ceeds back to CVC.

Judges for the event in­cluded Chris­tine Zac­carelli, Esq. (CEO of CVC); Chief Joseph Glea­son (West Goshen Po­lice Depart­ment); Chief Curt Martinez (West Caln Po­lice Depart­ment); Chief Brenda Ber­not (West­town East Goshen Po­lice Depart­ment); Lieu­tenant Michelle Swat­ner (Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice Troop J Avon­dale Sta­tion Com­man­der; Chief Jonathan Stafford (West Ch­ester Fire Depart­ment); Chief An­drea Testa (Paoli Fire Depart­ment); Chief Gerald Simp­son (SCCR Po­lice Depart­ment); Chief Kevin Dykes (Ch­ester County De­tec­tives); Chief Todd Ziegler (Wagontown Fire Depart­ment); Deputy Chief Mitch Rock (Caln Town­ship Po­lice); and Chief BJ Mead­owcroft (Ox­ford Fire Depart­ment).

The 13 com­pet­ing teams were Ox­ford Fire Depart­ment, West Goshen Po­lice Depart­ment (two teams), West­town East Goshen Po­lice Depart­ment, West Ch­ester Po­lice Depart­ment, Goshen Fire Depart­ment, East White­land Fire Depart­ment, West Ch­ester Fire Depart­ment (Sta­tions 51 and 52), Kim­ber­ton Fire Depart­ment, Jef­fer­son Fire (Mont­gomery County), and Phoenixville Po­lice Depart­ment.

Bio-One of Ch­ester County was the sole spon­sor. They are crime scene clean­ers ded­i­cated to as­sist­ing law en­force­ment, pub­lic ser­vice agen­cies and prop­erty own­ers/man­agers in restor­ing prop­erty that has been con­tam­i­nated as a re­sult of crime, dis­as­ter or mis­use.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

ESU BBQ (West Ch­ester Po­lice Depart­ment) took home the top tro­phy for the day as the Grand Cham­pion.

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